Apparently the new IPSA  (MPs' expenses regulatory body) is costing a lot of money and MPs may not pass its budget. See this article on the IPSA in yesterday's Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2010/jul/01/mps-ipsa-expenses-watchdog-budget

Is it too simple for the IPSA to be staffed by genuine members of the public on moderate salaries rather than the usual "people like us"?

I think MPs should be paid the average salary and should be prohibited from having outside jobs – or, after leaving office, from walking straight into jobs closely connected to their previous responsibilities.

Why is this idea important?

Not to enact this leaves the door wide open for corrupt practice.

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